Why You Must Double Down on Your Health and Fitness!
I was taking to a good friend just a few minutes ago about the times when we feel like taking it easy or the times we feel like taking a break. And that reminded me of when I used to do bodyweight exercises all the time because with bodyweight exercise especially, as with all exercises and truly all areas of life, you can workout every day, doing the same exercise, if you want too. The trick is, you adjust your intensity every day. Someone who runs can run every single day. There are days when it makes sense to run harder, to push yourself more and there are days when it makes sense to be easier and have a relaxed, healing kind of a run.
Same thing with working out. There are times when you can blitz the bodypart(s) you’re working and there are times when you can take it easier. I worked legs really hard and have jelly-legs as I record this video. The weak feeling that anyone who works out really hard knows, when you have to grip the handrail for dear life when walking down stairs to keep from falling.
After that workout I decided to go have some nature time. I’m out here enjoying this gorgeous scene and I was talking to my friend on the phone and we were talking about how sometimes people say they want to take it easy. Coaching clients will say, “I just need to take a break.”
That’s When You’ve Got to Double Down!
When you feel like you need to take a break, that’s when you’ve got to double down because pushing through the resistance, that’s what’s going to help you bust out to the next level!
Pushing through those times where you’re thinking, “I just really don’t feel like it.” Or, “I don’t want to do it.” Or whatever other excuse your mind throws out at you… Those are the times you’ve got to completely and totally double down on it! Get your butt going where you need to go! Get yourself doing what you need to do! Find a way to push through it!
And pushing through it can be taking it easy in the sense that you are working out more gently than you would otherwise but you’re still there! You’re still showing up!
Showing up makes a massive difference because showing up tells your unconscious mind how important it is for you to do what you’re doing!
When you show up on the days when you feel like skipping or during the months that maybe you feel like skipping, when you show up now, more and more during those times, you’re programming your grey matter that that’s a non-negotiable. That you are going to go and do the work. That you’re going to put yourself in the situation. That you’re going to grow your way through it.
The people who are on the fitness yo-yo; those who go until they reach the edge of their comfort zone and then they stop exercising until they reach the bottom of their comfort zone—when they are fed up with their lack of fitness—and then they start getting in shape again… And on and on and on they go, bouncing within the walls of their comfort zone. They are always in that narrow window of growth.
To break through that window, to break through to the other side, to get the true success and the long-term health and fitness, you have got to push yourself to show up on the times when you feel like you want to take a break! Even showing up in a way that’s gentle on your body is still showing up.
Sometimes you just have to remember that doing something smaller is way more important than skipping. If it’s a scheduled day, if it’s a planned day, if you have a workout that you’re supposed to be doing, regardless of the type of workout, if it’s your day to workout and you feel like taking a break… I strongly suggest that you SHOW UP ANYWAY!
Get Your Mind Right and Your Body Will Follow!
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